Google copied the speaker technology from Sonos: United States International Trade Commission


In an important decision, the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) said that Google had infringed five patents of speaker and audio technology company Sonos, relating to smart speakers.

A US judge ruled in August last year that Google had infringed Sonos’ patents.

“We appreciate that the ITC has definitively validated the five Sonos patents at issue in this case and has ruled unequivocally that Google is in violation of all five. This is an overall victory that is extremely rare in patent cases and underlines the strength of Sonos’ extended patent portfolio and the emptiness of Google’s copy denials, “said Sonos General Counsel Eddie Lazarus, in a press release Thursday evening.

In January 2020, Sonos sued tech giant Google for allegedly copying the design of its wireless speakers, urging ITC to ban Google products like laptops, phones and speakers.

Sonos CEO Patrick Spence told the US House of Representatives antitrust committee that Google “had blocked the company from activating both Amazon’s Alexa Assistant and Google Assistant.” .

In a statement to The Verge, Google said that “We do not anticipate any impact on our ability to import or sell our products.”

According to Lazarus, Sonos ‘patents “cover Sonos’ revolutionary invention of extremely popular home audio features, including setup to control home audio systems, synchronization of multiple speakers, independent volume control from different speakers. speakers and the stereo coupling of the speakers “

According to Sonos, starting in 2016, shortly after the launch of the first Google Home, it started warning Google about the patent infringement, but to no avail.

Sonos said it accused Google of violating a total of 100 patents.

Google even sued audio company Sonos for patent infringement, alleging that the tech giant had contributed “substantial Google engineering resources” to help Sonos in the past.

Google has always maintained that its technology was independently developed and not copied to Sonos.


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